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Sensor Automates Surface Monitoring to Improve Paper and Board Printability


August 1, 2010
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Launched at the PulPaper 2010 exhibition, Honeywell’s Precision FotoSurf reduces the need for laboratory measurements by using high speed, on-line surface topography measurement. Precision FotoSurf is…

Launched at the PulPaper 2010 exhibition, Honeywell’s Precision FotoSurf reduces the need for laboratory measurements by using high speed, on-line surface topography measurement. Precision FotoSurf is a surface topography sensor that helps paper and board makers improve product quality while reducing waste and lowering production costs.

The system’s camera and powerful illumination technology automatically adjusts to varying machine speeds and sheet surface characteristics to capture high-quality sheet surface images.

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This automated approach helps reduce variations in web smoothness/ roughness profiles which can cause a range of imperfections in paper and board products -and in turn cause printability problems. The sensor allows mill personnel to electronically monitor web surface characteristics throughout the entire production process, facilitating immediate corrective action if a product deviates from standards.

“Precision FotoSurf saves paper and board makers time and money, and boosts their competitiveness,” said Marko Jamsen, Honeywell’s EMEA business leader for pulp, paper, printing, and CWS. “The solution maximizes productivity by reducing the need for laboratory analysis of smoothness/ roughness profiles, minimizes time needed for corrective action when flaws are detected, and ultimately results in higher-quality products with less waste. It provides an entirely new method for diagnosing process problems.”

In addition to providing numeric values for surface smoothness and roughness, the sensor displays images of the product surface to determine the root cause of the problem so that corrective action can be taken.

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